Programming & Events Grants support innovative on-campus faculty programming and projects that connect artistic practice with theory, criticism, and history.


Stanford faculty and academic staff are eligible to apply for funds for programming that integrates the arts throughout the university. Proposals should seek to engage faculty, students, and the community through compelling programs. Proposals can be integrated into long-term scholarly or curricula activities, or be used to launch new projects and events.
Particularly encouraged are proposals that support partnerships between the arts and other disciplines, proposals that cross multiple arts disciplines and departments, as well as proposals that bring together multiple Stanford schools and/or presenting units.

Grant Details

  • Applications open from November to January for projects for the following academic year.
  • All Stanford faculty and academic staff members are eligible to apply. Graduate students and non-academic staff may apply with a faculty or academic staff co-sponsor.
  • Proposals will be considered in any arts discipline, including but not limited to: the performing arts, the visual arts, multimedia arts programs, and conferences or symposia that incorporate arts elements.
  • Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. Awards are not renewable.
  • Funds cannot be used for salary payments.
  • Applications will be accepted at two levels:
    • Mini grant (up to $5,000): for small projects or co-sponsorship of larger endeavors.
    • Major grant (up to $15,000): for larger individual and collaborative projects.
  • Projects must incorporate an on-campus public presentation component.

Request for Proposals 2014-2015

The opening of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University in fall 2014 will bring one of the most significant private collections of modern and contemporary American art in the world to the Stanford campus. For 2014-15, the Arts Institute invites projects inspired by this new Stanford resource. The collection includes 121 works by 86 artists and focuses on post-World War II American movements including Abstract Expressionism and Bay Area Figurative Art. Special attention will be given to applications that engage with the collection directly, as well as projects that propose links to the period, geography, and history of the works.

While special attention will be paid to projects inspired by the opening of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, other projects that showcase innovative approaches to arts research and practice will also be considered.